TYPO3 vs. other Open Source CMS
Thanks to the lack of license and purchasing costs, more and more businesses are choosing an Open Source solution for their Web Content Management System. Yet the roughly 250 systems on offer sometimes differ considerably from one another in structure and functionality. Depending on the environment they have grown in – whether as a free editing system for use as a publishing tool, as Web 2.0 Social Collaboration Tool, or as a Blog system or as an unlimitedly scalable framework for use as a Web CMS – every solution comes with its own individual characteristics and its own principle area of implementation.
Open Source CMS classification
When classifying Web CMS, one differentiates between two contrasting approaches to content creation:
Content Management Systems that work according to the Community Publishing principle are generally described as “Web 2.0”, meaning that their content is user-generated. Instead of content being published from the top (Company) to the bottom (User), users can publish their own content in the web. Although currently very popular, so-called Social Publishing only accounts for a very small part of the world’s web content.
Drupal is the leading Open Source Web CMS in this category.
These are Content Management Systems based on a classic “sign-off for release” workflow. A clearly defined access rights concept delegates particular editorial tasks to specific staff members, after which, depending on the staffer’s level of access, they will either publish directly or else submit their material for checking to a reader or for sign-off and release to a senior editor.
TYPO3 is the reference Open Source CMS in this category.
A comparison of the most important systems
In order to enable you to draw effective conclusions between TYPO3 and other popular OpenSource CMS solutions, in the following sections you will find a CMS comparison between the most important OpenSource products with regard to their use as “Business Centric” web solutions in an enterprise environment.